Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of the women and children at Safe Harbor. We rely on individual volunteers and groups of volunteers who partner with our staff as we carry out our mission.
To learn about how you can become a volunteer or to find a volunteer opportunity for your group, complete the form at right or contact Lisa Nalley, our Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.385.7182.
Basic Volunteer Opportunities at Safe Harbor
Children’s Advocates provide recreational activities, support, fun, and tutoring to resident children of all ages while their mothers attend group, work, or other appointments.
Qualifications: Love, patience, and time to interact with children (will be trained for a basic understanding of how domestic violence affects children.) Shadowing current advocates required.
Shelter Advocates provide assistance to shelter staff in answering calls and directing them appropriately; helping for clerical/office projects; answering crisis calls and referrals; documenting information calls and completion of telephone intake assessment forms.
Qualifications: Ability to handle crisis situations well. Must be able to show compassion and make appropriate referrals in a nonjudgmental manner. Shadowing current advocates or staff required.
Living Skills Advocates share their expertise and knowledge by leading classes and workshops for shelter clients (ex. job training, parenting, financial management, etc).
Qualifications: Professional background in the subject matter they plan to teach.
Clerical Support Advocates assist the shelter staff in the completion of necessary office duties such as answering phones, working on statistics, doing inventory, filing, copying, etc.
Qualifications: Good people skills and organizational skills
Transportation Advocates provide assistance for shelter residents who need help with transportation (getting to appointments, court appearances, etc). *Safe Harbor in Anderson needs volunteers on Tuesday afternoons/evenings (usually 5:00-6:00pm) to pick up and bring food to the shelter (Tues. night out meal program).
Qualifications: Reliable vehicle with standard automobile insurance and a clean driving record. Volunteers can also use the Safe Harbor van if necessary.
Re-Sale Store / Facility Support Advocates sort donations of food and/or clothing, transport donations from the community to the shelter or store and also to client’s homes or perform general shelter maintenance such as yard work and minor home repairs.
Qualifications: Volunteer should enjoy organizing things and like to do small projects with immediate results. This is real “hands-on” type of work.
Safe Harbor Ambassadors (by invitation only) provide knowledge of domestic violence and Safe Harbor services by speaking to groups of people and/or by forming a contact group for distribution of information and brochures. The major goals are to educate people about the problem of domestic violence, to solicit financial and volunteer support for the shelter, and to contact community resources that would connect with victims of domestic violence.
Qualifications: This volunteer should have a sound knowledge about domestic violence and Safe Harbor. This position calls for a sincere and persuasive speaker who enjoys presenting to groups or contacting community resources. Prior volunteer experience in another position is required. Shadowing current advocates required.
Safe Harbor can use groups of volunteers (church groups, civic groups, etc) throughout each year to complete needed tasks (painting, sorting, making dinner for the clients, etc). Please contact Safe Harbor to learn more about possible volunteer opportunities.